3. You find yourself spending more money on coffees and cocktails so you can hang out outside of your lack-luster space
Sound familiar? Updating your space doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. You don’t have to take time off work to repaint everything or spend $500 on a new couch. You’d be amazed at the changes you can make with $20 and a Sunday afternoon!
7 cheap ways to update your space
1. Swap out the prints and photos in your frames
If you’re like me, you’ve probably had the same prints and photos in the same frames for, oh, five years. Dig through your Facebook albums and print out some funny photos, find some cool black and white pictures of your grandparents, or just have a poke around Etsy and order a few prints. It’s amazing what a difference it can make! (I love this print and this one.)
2. Level up the cozy by getting a new throw blanket for your living room
Adding a new blanket immediately makes your home warmer + snugglier and can provide a pop of color. If you’re reading this in the summer, get a light, cotton throw. This throw is cuddly and neutral enough to match any color palette.
Thrift stores are rife with grandma-style hand knitted afghans or you can usually pick one up at Target or Ikea for less than $30.
3. Upgrade your lampshades
Innocuous lamp bases are one of my best and most common thrift store purchases. But why match an innocuous base with a bland shade? You can frequently find fun patterned lamp shades at Target and Ikea (apparently the only places I shop other than thrift stores) for under $30. Look at this cool cork lampshade for $28!
Or you can just make your own!
4. Elevate your space with new towels
Other than your shower curtain, your bath towels are pretty much the most exciting design piece in your bathroom, right? Or at least, they’re probably displayed someplace where everyone can see them?
Why not get something other than white? Or if you’re feeling really kicky, what about something other than terry cloth? Apparently cotton Turkish towels are amazing.
5. Make it smell amazing
I know this seems ridiculous but it really, really isn’t. We all know that an apartment that smells like cinnamon + cloves feels really different than an apartment that smells like gym clothes + litter box. You can make your space smell good with crackling wood wick candles, oil diffusers, or ‘stove simmers.’
6. Put something new in the middle of your dining room table
I am exactly the kind of try-hard who always has something artfully arranged in the middle of my dining room table. And by ‘something’ I mean ‘a wooden bowl of produce and a candle.’ It’s better than nothing, but it feels nice to switch it up sometimes. Here are some cute, cheap centerpiece ideas.
7. Improve your pillows by changing out (or at least washing) the shams
So easy! Unzip your old shams (and probably throw them in the wash), slide on some new ones in a different color or fabric. Done. You can frequently find pillow shams at Ikea for less than $20 or, of course, you can just make them yourself.
I probably won’t be undertaking every.single.one of these but I think I’m ready to get rid of my stained dish towel and frame a few new photos.
But I want to know about you! What do you do when your space is feeling stale?